We operate a timetable for applications in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable set by the Bar Council. The window for Pupillage applications commencing in October 2021 is now closed.

Application dates for Pupillage commencing October 2022 will be confirmed autumn 2020, in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable set by the Bar Council.

1KBW offers two specialist family law pupillages each year. Each pupillage is full time and for twelve months. During the twelve months each pupil will be allocated to four different pupil supervisors, each of whom will be a specialist family law practitioner. Pupils will have the opportunity to see a wide range of specialist family law work including both matrimonial finance and children cases. 1KBW has a reputation for recruiting the most talented pupils and then providing training and support that is second to none. We proactively try to recruit our tenants from our pupils.

In the last decade 20 of the 22 pupils in chambers have been offered tenancy. For that reason, our selection procedure is rigorous.

We offer each pupil a (tax free) grant of £35,000 plus expenses which is paid during the first 6 months. In addition, pupils may retain any income which they earn in the second six months. The reputation of 1KBW is such that our pupils are regularly briefed from the outset. The first six months (non-practising) are divided between two pupil supervisors, and the second six months (practising period) is divided between two pupil supervisors. Chambers also provides ‘in-house’ advocacy training.

‘Pupillage at 1KBW means learning first hand from practitioners who are shaping family law today. Monthly advocacy training sessions and frequent feedback from pupil supervisors ensure that you will be ready to manage your own cases in the second six. 1KBW is a very welcoming set and its members go out of their way to involve and support the pupils’ – a pupil at 1KBW

The Application Process

1KBW is not in the Pupillage Gateway (formerly OLPAS) system although our applications procedure follows the Pupillage Gateway timetable and we also make offers according to that timetable.

Who should apply?

We look for pupils with excellent academic ability and personal attributes. Applicants must have at least a 2:1 degree, and in addition demonstrate a commitment to the Bar, an impressive academic or employment history, and an interest in the particular specialisms of chambers.

Our successful candidates tend to be highly intelligent, articulate and interesting individuals with the right aptitude for life at the Bar.

The Interview

The best candidates will be invited for an interview conducted by a panel representing a cross-section of members of chambers. The top candidates at interview will be shortlisted for a second round of interviews following which offers will be made. No prior preparation or written work is required, and undertaking a mini-pupillage with us is not a prerequisite to a successful application.

Applications for Pupillage are assessed for evidence of:

  • A good academic record (at least a 2:1 degree)
  • Intellectual ability
  • Advocacy skills
  • Other achievements / work experience
  • Firm commitment to a career at the Bar
  • An interest in family law

Equality and Diversity

1 King’s Bench Walk operates an Equality and Diversity Policy. For more information please contact Jo Pickersgill, Chambers’ Consultant Chief Executive. We have a firm commitment to Equality and Diversity.

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1 King’s Bench Walk reopened on Monday 6th July 2020


1KBW is pleased to announce that, following a stringent risk-assessment, we began the process of reopening chambers from 6th July 2020. A series of measures are now in place to ensure the safety of all staff, members and visitors. We have been successfully working remotely during the lockdown period and a number of staff and members will continue to do so to ensure social distancing measures are kept in place, as per government guidance.


We continue to request that all client meetings be conducted virtually, where possible. We are fully equipped to carry on with client conferences via telephone or video link, on any preferred platform. Should you require to come in to chambers for a meeting, please contact a member of the clerking team so that bespoke arrangements can be made.